In order to follow Christ, we have to start by looking and reading the things we know about him from any texts we might have. We only have two books in the Bible that were written by the first followers of Christ known as his disciples which have actual quotes and messages by Christ himself. The book of Matthew and the book of John. Of course most of the books in the New Testament are attributed and written by individuals who had second hand knowledge of Christ such as Paul, Luke or Mark. We also have some other books written by the first disciples such as I & II Peter and I, II and III John and Revelation. So they all have good information, but I want to start by looking at the direct teachings of Christ. What he said about himself. What he instructed us as followers to do and how we should act. These I feel are less likely to have any error in understanding. Then we can explore the other books and what the disciples picked up as they grew in understanding.
What does Christ have to say in John?
I want to start with John, because he was known in the Bible as the beloved disciple. It appears that he and Jesus had a special relationship. If you notice in the 19th Chapter of John vs 26 and 27 when Christ was on the cross he spoke to his mother and then to John with these words. 26 So when Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own household. From this, it is my belief, if any of the disciples knew the heart of Christ it would be John
I am not as interested in the actual words that Jesus said in the book of John as I am the spirit of what he was trying to say to his followers. Let's explore this book.
What does Christ have to say in Matthew? (This is the next book, I will be working on)